Moorea Island, French Polynesia

Apr 26, 2018 - National Geographic Orion


We arrived early in the morning to one of the most spectacular and scenic islands of our voyage, Mo’orea Island. This little piece of heaven lies only eleven miles off the northwest side of the Island of Tahiti, and it was our playground for the entire final day of our expedition.

During the early hours of the morning, the ship entered a bay called Cook’s Bay, also known as Pao Pao Bay, since the largest commune under the same name lies at the bottom of this bay.

The scenery was dominated by the green mountains and high peaks. The most predominant of them was obviously the highest one, Mount Tohi’e’a.

As for our excursions, guests had several options to choose from, and everyone was able to combine the shore excursions with water sports, which everyone seemed to enjoy.

One of the popular options was the 4x4 tour to reach some high-elevation mountains to contemplate the scenery from above. After a brief morning rain, the sun came back out and never disappeared for the rest of the day!

We also enjoyed visiting historical places, like Captain’s Cook landing location at Opunohu Bay, and also interesting locations such as the pineapple plantations of the island and the Farming University.

Some of the guests decided to enjoy a relaxed day simply kayaking, swimming or even paddleboarding within the calm waters of Cook’s Bay.

Our day finished with the proper Captain’s Farewell Cocktail Party, where a great slideshow containing memorable images from this voyage was looped in the main lounge. This served as a clear remainder of the outstanding voyage we just completed!

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About the Author

Lucho Verdesoto

Expedition Leader

Born and raised in the tropical country of Ecuador, Lucho is a passionate naturalist that has been working for Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic since 1998. With a marine biology background, he started as a naturalist in the Galápagos Islands in 1994. Since then, he has filled numerous roles with Lindblad-National Geographic, such as naturalist, undersea specialist and expedition leader in the Galápagos Islands, Costa Rica and Panama, and Baja California.

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